Theatre ready for fresh start

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - NEWS -

The former Broadway Theatre is set to hold its first big stage per­for­mance since its pre­vi­ous man­age­ment com­pany ran into ma­jor fi­nan­cial dif­fi­cul­ties.

Now re­named as the Peter­bor­ough Theatre, it will host charity mu­sic con­cert Peter­bor­ough Alive on Satur­day, while next month John Chal­lis, aka Boy­cie from Only Fools and Horses, will be per­form­ing in The Broadway Suite.

Mr Chal­lis is urg­ing peo­ple to move on from the theatre’s trou­bled past. He said: “There are so many al­ter­na­tives, like TV, com­put­ers, smart­phones and so on, that it’s be­come more dif­fi­cult for the­atres to stay afloat. I’d en­cour­age peo­ple to get be­hind their lo­cal theatre and sup­port it so that it re­mains open.

“I can’t com­ment on what hap­pened be­fore, but I hope peo­ple come along to the show on Novem­ber 14 and have a great time.”

The theatre was pre­vi­ously man­aged by Per­for­mance Art Ven­tures C.I.C (PAV), whose chief ex­ec­u­tive was Mark Ringer, when it ran into huge fi­nan­cial prob­lems, with £68,000 owed in un­paid busi­ness rates to Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil and nu­mer­ous cus­tomers left out of pocket due to shows be­ing can­celled.

The show’s pro­moter said the 13 tick­ets bought through the box of­fice when PAV was in charge will be hon­oured.

A theatre spokesman said talks are in progress with re­gards to new man­age­ment of the venue. A new web­site has also been launched at: www. pe­ter­bor­oughthe­

The Peter­bor­ough Theatre

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